Evidence in support of the merger proposal
SFC needs to understand the evidence in support of the merger proposal. The following should be included.
- The quality, relevance, efficiency of provision in teaching, research and knowledge transfer, where applicable, will be safeguarded / enhanced.
- The quality of the student experience will be at least maintained or enhanced.
- The range / breadth of provision and qualifications will be appropriate to meet the needs of learners, stakeholders and the economy.
- The specialist facilities and profile will be safeguarded / enhanced.
Implications for tertiary education in Scotland
- The fit to local / regional / national and international needs.
- Other benefits such as improved student access.
- Location of proposed campus(es) / sites appropriate to meet needs.
- Accountability to stakeholders (local / national) provided for.
- Impact on other institutions, community learning and development, other providers and local authorities (local / national).
- A detailed financial plan assessing the financial implications of merger (i.e. one-off costs required to facilitate merger, future recurrent costs/income of the merged institution, resources released, opportunities to grow the business and any savings expected).
- Improved value-for-money.
- Impact on financial health of partners.
- Space utilisation / quality of premises no less adequate or enhanced.
- Changes in expenditure distribution (research, teaching, support, premises, management) expected.
- Impact on institutions of not proceeding.
Issues arising from consultation
- Trades unions
- Staff (including terms and conditions)
- Local communities
- Other stakeholders and providers (schools, institutions, community learning and development etc)
This section should address the merged institution's broad intentions for:
- The learning and teaching, and research and knowledge transfer strategy.
- Staffing issues: including restructuring plans, harmonisation of terms and conditions.
- Student issues: integratIon of student representation, projected student numbers.
- Estates issues: including an options appraisal discussing all reasonable options for future use of the existing estates.
- Intentions for systems integration, including ICT.
Governance and management
This section should include:
- The proposed title of merged institution, where agreed.
- The intended management arrangements for the merger and beyond.
- The intended communications arrangements, both internal and external up to and following merger.
- A proposed implementation timetable.
- A risk assessment to cover all aspects of the merger, including a contingency plan.
- The key measures of success through which the new institution can judge whether the merger has been successful.
- The funding required to enable and implement the merger, including a proposal for strategic funding from the Council where necessary.
This guidance was developed in 2012 and will be reviewed in 2017.
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